What the most memorable Bachelor couples are doing now

ABC's hit reality dating show, The Bachelor, premiered on March 25, 2002 — effectively redefining relationships and red roses for an entire generation of viewers. Since its premiere, the Bachelor franchise has evolved into what fans have dubbed "Bachelor Nation," producing even more hit shows with its Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise spinoffs — and, of course, more than just one "most dramatic season ever."

Along with all the scandalous love triangles, over-hyped fence jumps, and meme-able ugly cries, Bachelor Nation has also produced quite a few memorable couples. While the show doesn't have a great track record when it comes to helping these hopeless romantics find their forever loves, there are a few couples who fell in love on our TV screens and have seemingly broken the disheartening Bachelor break-up curse. Here's a look at what some of your favorite couples from Bachelor Nation are up to now — whether they're planning their wedding, welcoming a new baby, or licking their break-up wounds.

Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney

Jason Mesnick completely changed the Bachelor game for good when he broke up with his final pick, Melissa Rycroft, on national television – only to declare his love for the woman he'd rejected during his season's finale episode, Molly Malaney. Surprisingly, Malaney accepted his apology and the two rekindled their relationship immediately — which garnered Mesnick some serious backlash. Host Chris Harrison even called the single dad "the most hated man in America" during the whole ordeal (via The Chicago Tribune). 

Luckily, the drama wasn't all for naught. Mesnick and Malaney got married on February 27, 2010, in a rain-soaked ceremony that was later televised on ABC — you know, the place where it all began. While they still sometimes make onscreen appearances for the Bachelor franchise, the Mesnicks live pretty normal lives away from the cameras with their two children, Ty (Jason's son from a previous marriage), and their daughter, Riley Anne. And while recent Bachelor alums have taken to the Instagram influencer lifestyle, these two opted to forge their own paths. Jason works as an associate real estate broker for Compass, and Molly is a radio personality for Seattle's 106.1 KISS FM.

Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici

January 2019 marked five years of marriage for Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici-Lowe, who met during Lowe's run as Bachelor for the show's 17th season. Five years of marriage is quite a feat, especially for Bachelor Nation lovebirds.

The couple credits their marriage's success to distancing themselves from the franchise. "We don't do a lot of the Bachelor reunions and go and meet up — that's just not us. We live our own life and do our own thing, so we don't really feel that pressure and that's the way we like it," Lowe revealed to Entertainment Tonight. Fellow Bachelor couples should certainly take a leaf from the Lowes' book, as the two obviously know what they're doing. The happily married couple welcomed their first child, Samuel, in July 2016, and their second son, Isaiah, was born in May 2018. 

In addition to being a father of two, Lowe launched a new dating app in August 2018 called Vouch. According to a press release, the app is designed to "bring your friends — both single and taken — back into the dating process." Hey, if it's Lowe-approved, it's worth a shot!

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham

Jason Mesnick's televised switch-a-roo paved the way for the shocking twist that came at the end of Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s Bachelor season. Though the race car driver proposed to Becca Kufrin during the season finale, the After the Final Rose special revealed Luyendyk Jr. had since experienced a change of heart — which led to him ending his engagement to Kufrin and asking his runner-up, Lauren Burnham, for a second chance. Of course, every bit of the drama was broadcast across the nation, and Luyendyk Jr. found himself the object of many fans' anger for the way he dumped the blindsided Kufrin with a camera crew in tow. 

While plenty of folks (including Kelly Ripa) had doubts these two could make a relationship work, Luyendyk Jr. and Burnham seem to have proved all the haters wrong. The two exchanged vows in a January 2019 Hawaiian wedding, two months after announcing Burnham's pregnancy. On May 29, 2019, the Luyendyks welcomed their first child, Alessi Ren Luyendyk. Lauren captioned a photo of the newborn, "She is sweet, calm, and [Arie] and I could not be more in love with her."

Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen

Becca Kufrin was given a second chance at finding true love on reality television when ABC announced she'd be stepping into the leading lady role for the next season of The Bachelorette. Viewers witnessed Kufrin meet a bevy of eligible men during her season's premiere episode, and the Minnesota native eventually gifted the lauded first impression rose to Garrett Yrigoyen. While Yrigoyen immediately established himself as an obvious early frontrunner, Bachelor Nation was buzzing with controversy surrounding certain images the contestant had previously liked on Instagram — many of which fans felt were bigoted. Yrigoyen issued an apology on Instagram, writing (via E! News), "I did not mean any harm. …My Instagram 'likes' were not a true reflection of me and my morals."

Kufrin's season ended with the Bachelorette happily accepting a proposal from Yrigoyen, and the two are still going strong at the time of publishing — however, don't expect a wedding anytime soon. "No weddings plans, no dates," Kufrin told People in May 2019. "We're kind of just playing it by ear and taking it day by day. We literally just figured out where we want to live and moved in together!"

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth

After months of speculation surrounding their 2015 engagement on The Bachelorette, fan favorites Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth confirmed they'd split after three years together in a November 2018 announcement via People. Though Booth was reportedly spotted getting cozy with WWE announcer Charly Arnolt a month after the announcement, he admitted in a January 2019 interview on the Almost Famous podcast (via People) that he was struggling to move on from his ex-fiancé. "Not only were we engaged, but it was like, man, I lost my best friend too," Booth revealed. "We were this team and we got through a lot of stuff together but then just in an instant it's all gone."

While Booth may still be feeling the breakup blues, Bristowe is seemingly thriving post-split. She and Season 14 Bachelorette contestant Jason Tartick confirmed their relationship in January 2019 — and in May, Bristowe announced on her Off the Vine podcast (via People) that the two were moving in together. "I can't wait to see what things you do that drive me nuts," the former Bachelorette joked. 

Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo

Rachel Lindsay, the franchise's first African American Bachelorette, accepted a proposal from Bryan Abasolo during The Bachelorette's 13th season finale. After a year of being engaged with no announcement of potential plans for a wedding, Lindsay and Abasolo revealed to People that they were waiting for ABC to approach them about having a televised wedding — something they felt they owed to their fans.

While the couple may have wanted to reward their loyal following with a televised wedding special, ABC had other plans — and unfortunately for these two, those plans did not include a TV wedding. 

"Now I'm like, 'Oh my God, I have to plan this myself.' And I've never been the girl who wanted to plan this huge major wedding," Lindsay revealed in a December 2018 People interview. However, only a month later, Lindsay revealed they'd settled on an undisclosed "summer 2019" wedding date — and by May, the couple had chosen wedding bands and were counting down the days until the ceremony. 

"I am excited to make this official, excited to call Bryan my husband, and excited to put a ring on his finger," Lindsay told People.

Jared Haibon and Ashley Iaconetti

Jared Haibon and Ashley Iaconetti met on Season 2 of Bachelor in Paradise, kicking off a years-long will they/won't they relationship in which Haibon repeatedly friend-zoned Iaconetti. When she eventually started a relationship with Kevin Wendt on the 2018 spinoff, The Bachelor Winter Games, the former Bachelorette contestant finally realized the extent of his feelings — which he confessed to Iaconetti during a January 2018 trip with friends. When Iaconetti and Wendt split in March of that year, Haibon was waiting on the sidelines, and the two publicly confirmed their relationship that May. Just one month later, they were engaged

"I'm living proof that you should listen to your gut," Haibon revealed in the couple's "Story of Us" video (via People). "The person I wanted to be with most was right in front of my eyes."

As happy as they are together, it appears that Haibon and Iaconetti can't get enough of the reality TV spotlight. Along with planning their August 2019 wedding, the two lovebirds are starring in a web-based reality show called What Now? about their lives post-Bachelor, along with fellow Bachelor Nation stars Nick Viall, Jade and Tanner Tolbert, Dean Unglert, and Iaconetti's sister, Lauren.

Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph

"When one door closes, another one opens," is an old adage most people have heard at least once — but it seems Colton Underwood may have missed the memo. During his run as the Bachelor for the show's 23rd season, the pro footballer was left blindsided when frontrunner Cassie Randolph confessed she wasn't ready to be engaged and eliminated herself from the competition. This caused Underwood to have a full-on break down and jump over a closed fence to escape the cameras. 

"When one door closes, jump over a fence," might not have the same ring to it, but the tactic apparently worked well for the brokenhearted Bachelor. After his highly-publicized, much-anticipated fence jump, Underwood sent the two remaining contestants home and spent the remainder of his season focused on winning Randolph's heart — engagement or not. The two ultimately decided to re-enter the real world as a couple and simply date each other like normal people. However, in April 2019, Underwood revealed to Entertainment Tonight that a proposal was definitely on the horizon, saying, "Honestly, if I was a betting man, I would say it would happen within the next year."

Joe Amabile and Kendall Long

As a contestant on Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of The Bachelor, Kendall Long didn't shy away from opening up about her passion for taxidermy. While contestants with stand-out quirks are often pigeonholed as comedic relief, Long ended up one of the season's final three contestants and left the show as a total fan favorite

Fans were similarly taken with Amabile when he first appeared on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette. The charming grocery store owner from Chicago was so nervous upon meeting Kufrin for the first time that he could barely form a full sentence — and while viewers found his awkwardness endearing, he ultimately didn't make it past night one.

Luckily, Amabile and Long were both cast for the fifth season of Bachelor in Paradise, immediately forming a connection. And despite a few relationship hiccups in Paradise, these two have been going strong since the show's end. The Chicago native and free-spirited gal even moved in together, with Long announcing in an April 2019 Instagram post, "Just signed the lease to our new place in West Hollywood and couldn't be more excited to start building a lil' life together with this cutie."

JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers

JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette ended with a proposal from Jordan Rodgers, which Fletcher happily accepted — only to have to address rumors of Rodger's bad behavior and alleged infidelity in a previous relationship, which had been plaguing the football player since the season's 2016 premiere. Luckily, Fletcher and Rodgers were able to weather the media frenzy and gossip mill together to become one of the longest-running Bachelor couples to-date. 

In February 2019, the couple revealed on their web series, Engaged with JoJo and Jordan (via Entertainment Tonight), that they were hoping for a spring wedding. Fletcher dished, "We said that 2019 was going to be the year that we set our date, so now we're actively thinking about when the date is going to be."

As of June 2019, no wedding date has been announced — but Rodgers did hint that he and Fletcher would be exchanging vows sooner rather than later. In an April 2019 Instagram post from his brother's wedding, Rodgers wrote, "Wedding Day for these two! Couldn't be happier to add a sister to the family! [JoJo], we are up next!" 

Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi

Nick Viall first competed as a contestant in 2014 on Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette, only to return in 2015 to try and win the heart of Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe. After coming in as both Dorfman and Bristowe's runner-up, Viall tried his luck on the third season of Bachelor in Paradise — and while he had a brief Paradise romance with contestant Jen Saviano, Viall ultimately left the show a single man. 

When he was announced in 2016 as the star of The Bachelor's 21st season, fans were hopeful this unlucky-in-love dude would finally find his person — and for a short time, he seemingly did. The Wisconsin-native left the show engaged to teacher Vanessa Grimaldi, but five months after their proposal aired, the couple called it quits

These days, Viall keeps busy with his podcast, The Viall Files, and stars alongside Ashley Iaconetti, Jared Haibon, and Tanner and Jade Tolbert in the web series, What Now? Grimaldi has been dating boyfriend Josh Wolfe since 2018, and also remains an active part of Bachelor Nation as co-host of the Help! I Suck at Dating podcast. 

Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray

Andi Dorfman's run as Bachelorette for the show's 10th season ended with an engagement to Josh Murray when it aired during the summer of 2014, but in January 2015, the couple revealed they were parting ways. In a statement, Dorfman and Murray told fans they would "continue to be good friends and have nothing but great things to say about each other." Spoiler alert: that didn't last very long.

In Dorfman's 2016 tell-all book, It's Not Okay (via Bustle), the former Bachelorette alleged that Murray would often call her derogatory names during their relationship, and told her she was "the most miserable person he'd ever met." Murray denied the claims, but it's safe to say any hope these two had for a friendship is gone for good. 

Murray went on to have a relationship (and highly-publicized breakup) with fellow Bachelor Nation star Amanda Stanton, and Dorfman revealed in November 2018 that her second book, Single State of Mind, was being adapted for television. Despite moving on with their lives, the bad blood between these two is as fresh as ever. In January 2019, Murray seemingly compared Dorfman to the devil, to which the former Bachelorette replied, "Thank you, next!"

Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert

Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert met on the second season of Bachelor in Paradise, fell in love, and left the show an engaged couple. Despite their quick courtship and whirlwind romance, these two have managed to become one of the most successful pairings the Bachelor franchise has ever produced. The couple got married in a televised, February 2016 wedding ceremony — and in 2017, the newlyweds welcomed their first child together, daughter Emerson Avery Tolbert

In April 2018, Jade revealed to People that she and Tanner were "low-key trying" to have another baby. "We want our kids to be close in age so they're close siblings, and I'm not getting any younger," the reality star told the publication. Less than a year later, the couple revealed via Instagram that they were expecting baby number two. "We've been dreaming of you for a while now, and you are already loved beyond imaginable," Jade captioned the photo.

Along with making room for their new little one and making the move to California, the Tolberts are documenting their post-Bachelor lives alongside fellow former contestants in the web series What Now?